262 Book reviews BURKERT, Walter, Griechische Religion der archaischen und klas- sischen Epoche, Die Religionen der Menschheit 15 - Stuttgart, Verlag W. Kohlhammer, 1977, 512 p., DM 98.-. Walter Burkert is one of the leading authorities today in the field of Greek religion, and this monumental work is a noble testimony to his remarkably thorough and wide-ranging knowledge of this subject. As a general survey of the literary and archaeological evidence down to the time of Aristotle it will be of immense value to scholars. But it is not simply a collection of material, in the manner of much of Nilsson's great Geschichte der Griechischen Religion. One is conscious through- out of a powerful, reflecting mind, seeking to penetrate beneath the surface, and to comprehend the underlying impulses and motives behind these phenomena. At the same time, the author has controlled the natural desire to find a single guiding thread to the apparent labyrinth of Greek polytheism, a temptation which has in the past tended to bedevil attempts to understand this subject. Burkert's own previous book, Homo Necans ( 1972), was to some extent an example of this tendency. In his new book he has adopted a more
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Published: Jan 1, 1979
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